Interview with Ottessa Moshfegh

James Yu

Ottessa Moshfegh's allergy toward self-promotion makes her rise all the more impressive. The recipient of the Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts grant, and the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, she has in the last few years become something of a house writer for The Paris Review.

Before she deleted her Twitter account, her avatar was not a professionally burnished headshot of the kind gracing the dust jackets of debut novelists but a medical illustration of three pairs of eyes, each depicting a condition known informally as lazy eye. It is a nonstandard choice for an avatar and seems to capture the forthrightness of Moshfegh's work, in which characters use colostomy bags and have genitals swollen due to pituitary situations, who think mean thoughts and make morally ambiguous decisions.

Myth, Motion, & Infrastructure: An Interview with Riley Hanick

Maggie Anderson

Riley Hanick is an Iowa City native and a graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. His book-length essay, Three Kinds of Motion: Kerouac, Pollock, and the Making of American Highways, came out in April from Sarabande books.

I first heard of Hanick in 2006. I was an arts reporter for The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa’s student newspaper, and he was a Writer-in-Residence for the same university’s art museum.

A Conversation with Kerry Howley, author of Thrown

Alea Adigweme

Kerry Howley is the author of Thrown, a book-length essay recounting three years she spent following a pair of Midwestern mixed martial artists. A graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa—where she was also the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction in 2012 (and my colleague)—her work can be found in Harper’sThe Paris ReviewThe New York Times and Bookforum. Howley, who teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will head to Iowa City for Mission Creek.

O.A. Lindsey in Best American Short Stories! (a quick interview)

TIR staff

We've just received word that O.A. Lindsey's "Evie M." from our Spring 2013 issue has been selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2014

Lindsey, a combat veteran, originally submitted the story to our 2012 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans contest, for which judge Robert Olen Butler named it runner-up. Lindsey studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Mississippi. His writing has also appeared in the Harper Perennial anthology Forty Stories, Fourteen HillsColumbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Yalobusha Review.